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26-05-1998

07/0800 HOURS OF 26-5-1998(TUESDAY)

KARAMAT: The Chief of the Army Staff General Jehangir Karamat has said that the pro-active policy being advocated from across the border would mean that the Indian Army , in addition to its operations against the freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir, could also be operating along the UN monitored line of control, thereby linking the two distinct situation.

Addressing the officers during a visit to a Corps Headquarters responsible for operations along the Line of Control Monday he said the Pakistan Army which was strictly restricted to the LOC operations would have to change its stance since all restraints to maintain threshold levels would have been removed. This scenario could have serious implications and must figure prominently in the operational framework of Pakistan Army.

General Jehangir Karamat exhorted the senior commanders and officers to exercise strict vigilance along the Line of Control and extend their respective perimeters of security in view of the recent development.

MUSHAHID: Information Minister Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said the government will not compromise on national security issues.

This he said while talking to Head of Tehrik-e-Jaffaria, Allama Sajid Ali Naqvi, in Rawalpindi Monday as part of governmentís consultations with major political parties on the situation arising after the Indian nuclear tests.

PRIVATIZATION: The Cabinet committee on Privatisation has approved a proposal to invite expression of interest from the potential buyers for a minimum of 26 percent shares of Habib Bank Limited with the transfer of management.

The committee which met in Islamabad Monday was informed that Financial Adviser had already completed and submitted the preliminary report to the Privatization Commission for privatization of Habib Bank.

It also approved the privatization of Chamba House, Lahore. The meeting was presided over by the Finance Minister Mr. Sartaj Aziz.

PRESIDENT CALL ON: The outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia Mr. Marjan Kombo paid a farewell call on President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar in Islamabad Monday.

The President appreciated the personal contribution of the envoy in further strengthening the already close and cordial relations between the two countries.

NAWAZ-COURT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday took a strong notice of the incident at Peshawar sessions Court in which one person was killed, while another was injured.

Personal Staff Officer of Prime Minister called the Inspector General of Police and conveyed the directive of Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to punish the irresponsible police officials.

The Prime Minister also issued directives to beef up security in and around the courts to avoid any future mishap.

RAJA ZAFARUL HAQ: The Minister for Religious Affairs Raja Mohammad Zafarul Haq has said the government has formed a commission of ulema and representatives of minorities to listen to the minorities views on various matters and redress their grievances.

Talking to APP in Islamabad Monday he said the commission, comprising 10 ulema and an equal number of representatives from minorities will also seek solutions to the problems facing the minorities.

RADIO GOLDEN JUBILEE: A seminar was held at the Jinnah Hall in Faisalabad Monday in connection with the Radio Pakistanís Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Addressing it Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Nadir Pervez lauded the role of Radio Pakistan in promoting the national integrity.

He maintained that the PML government fully recognises the importance of Radio Pakistan as a vital electronic media and a national institution.


21/2200 HOURS OF 25-5-1998(MONDAY)

GOHAR: The Foreign Minister Mr. Gohar Ayub Khan has said Indiaís entire defence preparedness was aimed at Pakistan.

In an interview he dismissed Indian Defence Minister George Fernandesís statement that China was a major threat for India and said it was only a propaganda.

GOHAR-KASHMIR: The AJK Prime Minister Barrister Sultan Mahmood met the Foreign Minister Mr. Gohar Ayub Khan in Islamabad Monday and discussed Indian nuclear blasts and situation as obtained on the line of control.

Mr. Gohar Ayub said the government is fully conscious of the serious regional situation in the wake of Indian nuclear tests and will take all possible measures to cope with it. He said government would foil all nefarious designs of the enemy with cooperation of the people.

The AJK Prime Minister said his government has taken all steps for protection of life and property of the people living along the line of control.

He said defence committees have been constituted in the border areas.

SHUJAAT: The Interior Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said people of Pakistan shall never be deterred or intimidated by India.

Reacting to Indian Home Minister Mr. L.K. Advaniís threats, who has also resumed the additional charge of Indian held Kashmir Affairs, he said that state-sponsored terrorism of India in Kashmir will have serious consequences for which the BJP leadership, particularly Mr. L. K. Advani shall be fully responsible.

He called upon the United States and the United Nations to immediately implement the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.

PAK-UK: The special envoy of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Mian Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has informed the President of Liberal Democratic Party of England Mr. Robert Mackhenan MP, that Pakistan Government is keenly watching the situation arising out of the Indian nuclear tests which have endangered the regional peace and security.

He told the British MP in London that government is also keenly watching whether India is being rewarded by accepting it as the 6th nuclear state or by way of offering a permanent seat at the UN security council.

He requested the liberal democratic MP to use his good offices with his own party and the British government to realise the threat created by Indian action.

PIA: A PIA relief flight arrived in Karachi from Hyderabad Monday with the passengers and crew of the Fokker aircraft which was hijacked during Gwadar-Karachi flight Sunday evening.

As reported earlier, the hijacking drama of the PIA flight PK-554 ended with the arrest of 3 armed hijackers early Monday morning. All the passenger and the crew of the plane which had landed at the Hyderabad airport were rescued safely in the operation.

The operation was completed within 5 minutes. One security personnel and one hijackers were injured during the operation.

SEMINAR: Pakistan has proposed a conference of Muslim countries to evolve a joint strategy to fight misuse of Internet by certain vested interests to malign Islam and the Muslim culture.

Addressing a seminar on "Use and Misuse of Internet" in Islamabad Monday the Federal Minister for Information and Media Development Mr. Mushahid Hussain Sayed, said he has invited Information Ministers from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Egypt to prepare ground for the proposed conference.

The Federal Information Minister expressed deep concern over growing trends for misuse of the Internet, especially those targeting non-western cultures. He proposed that the Muslim countries should take serious notice of this situation and coordinate their efforts to address it.

KASHMIR: In occupied Kashmir ,night curfew has been imposed in border area of Uri, in Baramula district including Kamalkot and Bijhaama.

In the curfew-bound area, house to house search was carried out, inmates persecuted and dozens of people taken into custody.

Delegations from Kunan, in Bandipura area and Kachan, in Ganderbal narrated harrowing tales of horror unleashed by troops in the 2 villages when they visited the APHC office in Srinagar. The delegation from Kunan said, personnel of Rashtria Rifles entered houses, subjecting men and women to severe violence. People were not allowed to work in their fields. Youngmen had migrated from the village.

Kachen, in Ganderbal, is under military siege for the past 4 days where women and men were kept gathered separately and tortured.